Webinar: Covering the lawsuit that could limit free preventive care


12 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 10

One of the biggest health care stories of 2023 will break when the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas rules in the case of Braidwood Management v. Becerra. In this challenge to provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Christian-owned businesses and six individuals in Texas assert that the ACA’s requirements to cover preventive services without requiring patients to pay some of the costs of care is unconstitutional. If the court rules in the plaintiffs' favor, Americans may need to pay more for preventive health care.

To learn more about the implications of the lawsuit, A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., one of the nation’s leading experts on how cost-sharing harms patients, joined AHCJ for a webcast on May 10. Fendrick explained how journalists can cover this story and how, if the plaintiffs succeed on either constitutional or religious grounds, it could limit or restrict the government’s ability to require health insurers and employers to cover evidence-based preventive services without cost-sharing.

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A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.

Joseph Burns

 A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., is the founder and director of the Value-Based Insurance Design Center at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor of internal medicine in the university’s School of Medicine and a professor of Health Management and Policy in the university’s School of Public Health. A practicing physician, Fendrick has seen how requiring consumers to pay for preventive health services causes patients to disregard physicians' orders because they cannot afford to do so, leading to adverse effects on patients' health. Since founding the VBID in 2005, Fendrick has advised Congress, employers, health plans and federal agencies on the need to eliminate patient cost-sharing.

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